Ernest Dewey Anderson, Jr. August 23, 1925 - May 1, 2013 Resident of San Jose Our Gentle Giant passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a short battle with an infectious disease. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, with what would have been over 64 years of marriage. He was the proud son of a longtime S.J. police officer, Dewey Anderson, and loving mother Vivian. Brother to Geraldine (Dick) Kincaid, father to Karen (Mardy), Craig (Dorene), grandfather to Clint, Emily and Shelli, Uncle to Rick (Connie) and Chris. His class was the first graduating class of Lincoln High School. He then joined the Marines and served in the battle of Okinawa. He joined the S.J. Fire Dept. in 1948 and retired in 1992, after 43+ years of service (25 years as Battalion Chief). Ernest Anderson was a Legend. At the time, he was widely acknowledged as the dean of the City's force. At the time of his retirement, he racked up more years than any other firefighter in local history. He loved the camaraderie of the firehouse, and all his lifelong friends he made. Over the years he earned the reputation as a firefighter's firefighter, who could command a situation with his presence. The love of his family was everything to him. He enjoyed traveling the world with Barbara and friends, cooking and golf. He was THE avid sports fan till the end. He loved the Giants, 49ers, and Warriors. After his beloved wife passed, he was surrounded by his best friend Dick Toledo, and numerous other firefighter friends, along with his lovely ladies: Betza, Yrma, Bo and Hina, who loved him till the end. A Huge thank you to the loving ICU nurses and Dr.'s at Good Samaritan. His family with never forget his generous and loving heart, his kind words of wisdom and the greatest sense of humor. He will forever be missed and remembered. There will be a celebration of his Life, at the Villages Clubhouse, May 17th, at 1:00. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Parkinson's Foundation would be appreciated.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 10, 2013